The main ski lodge at Windahm Mountain has been host to three World Cups so far, and has been promised another in 2015. Racers seem to like this stop on their calendar because it is a bit more low key than the European World Cups.
Czech star Katerina Nash warming up in the Luna Pro Team tent prior to her race. She has been having one of her best cross-country seasons ever.
Mikayla Kofman was resting her legs in the massive Scott 3Rox Racing tent prior to the event. She came to watch teammates race silnce her cross-country event was not until Sunday.
Daniel Federspiel (Otztal Scott Racing Team) leading in the round of eight. He would go on to a fourth place finish on the night.
Andri Frischknect (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) blew away his rivals in the round of eight. Mountain biking legend Thomas Frischknect, his father, was on hand to watch his son race.
Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) was on fire all night. She progressed to the finals where she finished second to Jenny Rissveds.
Young Kate Courtney (Specialized) rode her heart out but was up against some of the strongest legs in the world. She finished third in the small final.
Course designers threw in a couple surprises for the riders including having to cross a ski loading zone. The course took less than two minutes to ride, but nearly the entire first half was uphill. Many riders collapsed at the finish.
Ismael Ventura Sanchez found an easy line up a small 16-inch rock ledge while others went straight at it. Shortly thereafter they made a quick U-turn for a downhill sprint to the finish.
Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) breaking away from her rivals on the uphill portion of the course. Despite finishing second on the night, she extended her massive lead in the World Cup standings.
Women's race top three finishers pose for the live TV coverage. (L to R) Kathrine STirnemann, Jenny Rissveds, Cindy Montambault.
Men's top three smiling for the TV cameras. (L to R) Simon Gegenheimer, Catriel Andres Soto, and World Cup leader Fabrice Mels.
Patricio Andres Cambell Vilches (Chile) leading Steffen Thum on the initial uphill portion of the track. While riding a hardtail was clearly an advantage tonight, some riders were on their full-suspension bikes because it was all they brought with them to Windham.
World Champion Paul Van Der Ploeg (Giant) gets boxed in during the start in the round of eight. He trailed at the halfway point on the course but surged on the downhill to qualify for the next round.
Marcel Wildehaber (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing) taking the hole-shot in his heat. You could see that the grassy sections of the course required massive amounts of power to plough through.
Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) got off to a very poor start against two women who went on to the finals. She was eliminated after the round of eight.
Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) riding alone during one of her heats. She was clearly the strongest rider tonight.
Kate Courtney (Specialized) along with Chloe Woodruff were bright stars for the USA tonight. Kate advanced to the small final, while Chloe made it to the finals.
A group of riders zig-zags on the uphill portion of the Eliminator course. Drafting was in effect so many heats resembeled a road race.
Fabrice Mels (Salcano Alanya) maintained his lead in the world cup standings tonight. Unfortunately for riders with massive power like Mels, this is the last season the UCI will sanction Eliminator races at World Cup events.
Kate Courtney (Specialized) and Chloe Woodruff lead a one-two puch for the USA in one of the later heats. Both riders have had previous experience on the Windham Mountain course.
Katrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Hailbike Team) gets the inside line on a right hand turn in the finals. Cindy Montambault was gapped off the other two nearly from the start.
Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) taking the win over Katrin Stirnemann in the Women's Eliminator event. Rissveds slumped over her bike for a long period after the finsh and was unable to speak to the television interviewers until she recovered.
Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team) was clearly pleased with her win tonight. She had been spotted doing a long ride on the roads of Windham earlier in the day yet had the energy to race four rounds of Elminator races tonight.
World Cup leader Fabrice Mels SAlcano Alanya) hammering up the first half of the climb. The young Belgian rider is one of the rising stars on the mountain biking circuit.
Catriel Andres Soto (MMR Bikes Pro Team) edges out Simon Gegenheimer and Fabrice Mels to take the world cup win. Very few races came down to a three-up sprint because riders came off a grassy left hand turn just 200 feet from the finish.
Catriel Andres Soto (MMR Bikes Pro Team) collapsed to the ground after winning the Eliminator event. TV cameras were on hand to capture the moment.